Reprocessing May Tilt the Scales

Electrophysiology (EP) procedures to treat patients with Atrial Fibrillation are among the fastest growing procedures in the United States. Changing demographics as well as improvements in technology that expand the range of patients who can be successfully treated have been driving growth rates in the high teens, and growth is expected to continue at this rate. At the same time, EP procedures play a key role in the financial metrics of many hospitals. Depending on payer mix, the EP service line can at times serve as a profit contributor that offsets losses on other service lines, such as ICU and patient care units. On the other hand, with an unfortunate payer mix, a hospital will have a hard time keeping EP procedures profitable, especially for cases that are complicated and take longer time.

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